Rebecca has led a very quiet life working for her father at a small country inn. When she meets Geoffrey she falls in love with him right away. But she’s only the daughter of a baronet and men like Geoffrey never marry country girls like her. Do they?
When Rebecca’s father tries to marry her off to a wealthy old man, Geoffrey intervenes and marries her himself. He wants her very much but he couldn’t possibly love her. Love is for fools. At least that’s what he tells himself. But a sinister enemy soon threatens to destroy all that Geoffrey holds dear, forcing him to face the truth. His marriage depends on it . . . And maybe even Rebecca’s very life.
The girl who wants to stand on her own
Fun and fast…light and easy
And a dream that just might come true
Eli Graham grew up in foster care, and always tried his best to fit in. He’s a people-pleaser, and his talent and temperament bring him success in his sales career at Chapman Financial. He never lets anybody see the lonely guy he hides behind his charm and sparkle. Or the hope for family and connection he can’t seem to shake.
Caro Richmond owns her own bakery in Cypress Corners. She suffered a heartbreaking loss three years ago, but it isn’t the loss of her fiancé that haunts her. Work is her focus now. She’ll leave the living to somebody else.
When Eli comes to work in Cypress, he’s immediately taken with Caro. She’s gorgeous, but she also seems like she needs some fun in her life. He’s just the guy to give it to her. They begin to date, and both of them start to think this might be more than just fun and easy.
Can Eli trust that what he’s feeling is something real?Or is he just dreaming of a future he can never have?
A lady who longs for a family of her own
Undeniable attraction…a big misconception
And a love that’s the greatest treasure of all
Baron Philip Wilton, the heir to the Earl of Bridgewater, enjoys a carefree life without responsibilities. When he stumbles across a gorgeous young woman in need of rescue at a country inn, he can’t help but come to her aid. He demands her passion in return, however. Something the girl refuses him.
Lady Margaret, Maggie, Penworth lost her mother and the only home she’s ever known. Mishaps and poor planning while traveling to her uncle’s estate assures her she knows little of the world outside the small cottage she shared with her mother. A handsome gentleman settles her bill and, though she would never reward him with her body, he steals a kiss she cannot forget.
When Philip finds Maggie at the Earl of Bridgewater’s estate, he believes fate threw them together. He soon realizes she isn’t the light-skirt he believed, but he still wants her with everything in him. She’s the sweetest, most beautiful woman he’s ever known. He’s determined to marry her, but he discovers a truth about her that could change everything.
Can Philip keep a secret that could ultimately break Maggie’s heart?
Or will the truth come out and threaten everything they have together?
The guy who hides behind a cool mask
The girl who feels she can’t live up to expectations
An appearance of perfection…a very real passion
And a love that can see through to the inside
Corporate lawyer Derek Stone is respected and valued at Chapman Financial. Raised in a privileged world as the son of a highly-successful Boston attorney, he’s hidden the ugly truth of his father’s drunken abuse for years now. When he’s offered a new job at Cypress Corners as in-house counsel, he sees it as a chance to keep his mother safe from his father. And maybe start a new life for himself.
Bree James ran from her own country club life a year ago when her grandmother passed away and left her financially independent. She’s been living and working in Cypress Corners since, but has yet to begin her own life. She longs for something real to hold onto but doubts she’ll ever find it.
Derek and Bree see a lot of themselves in each other, and neither wants to acknowledge their attraction. Bree maintains her cool façade while Derek fosters the stick-up-his-butt reputation that preceded him to Cypress. But that all changes in a second when he kisses Bree.
Can the two of them let down their guard long enough to see what’s right in front of them?
Or will their insecurities about the past keep them from their possible future?
The guy who comes to her rescue again and again
Can he be the one to save her from herself?
Or is she too much to handle?
Cassie Chapman finally caught her father’s attention when racy photos of her hit the tabloids. She comes to Cypress Corners to get a job and find herself. She reconnects with her family but doesn’t believe she deserves their faith in her. Or their love.
Ty Walsh makes sure the animals at Cypress thrive in their habitats. He can’t resist Cassie’s combination of boldness and vulnerability. As he rescues her from wild animals and her own enthusiasm, he sees there’s so much more to her than she thinks.
Can Ty prove to Cassie that she can find herself with him?
Or will she let her past mistakes cost her the life she was just starting to build?
A city guy with his eye on the bottom line.
A battle of wills…a battle for balance
And a love that can tip the scales
Rick Chapman is climbing to the top rung of his father's corporate ladder. Fulfilling Chapman Financial’s contract at Cypress Corners, Florida will finally prove his value to the company. And to his father. But one endangered weed, and the pretty plant girl trying to save it, could really screw up his plans.
Harmony Brooks loves her job as a plant conservationist at Cypress Corners, and the money she earns allows her to make up for a former boyfriend’s betrayal. He not only stole her parents’ money, he stole her heart. And that’s something she won’t ever risk again. But opposites attract, not that she or Rick ever expected to fall in love.
Can Harmony prove to Rick that he’s worth so much more than his father’s approval?
Or is Rick so blind he can’t see that loving Harmony is worth losing what he’s wanted for so long?
Patrick Latham scoffs at that notion. He let go of those dreams five years ago when the woman he loved betrayed him. But when he meets the shop owner’s niece, Victoria Elliot, he wonders if his heart’s desire is indeed inside that very shop. Though Victoria is a “shopgirl” and certainly not a member of the ton, she is the most beguilingly beautiful and spirited young woman Patrick has ever met. He is determined to get to know the auburn-haired, silver-eyed beauty, even if it means buying every damn pair of riding gloves at Elliot’s Fineries!
Victoria went from sheltered vicar’s daughter to shopgirl in the blink of an eye. When she meets Patrick, she is immediately drawn to his darkly handsome looks and his charming appeal. But life for a shopgirl can be unfair, even cruel, and when a great danger lurks just around the corner from Elliot’s Fineries, can she trust Patrick to keep her safe?
Patrick keeps a truth from Victoria—that he’s the son of a powerful earl as well as a baron in his own right. Will his lie put Victoria at greater risk? And if so, how will he able to save her?
The girl who has faith in the magic of Christmas
A stocking full of wishes…a sprig of mistletoe
And a chance to find love under the tree
Zach Harris knows better than to wish for family. His mother ran off when he was a kid and his late father was distant. Now he and his brother are selling the family ranch, his last tie to his parents. For him, Christmas is just another day.
Joy Rollins loves everything about Christmas. She’s living at the Cypress Inn this season, helping her mother run the place since giving up on grad school. She wishes that the holiday will bring inspiration for her artist’s soul. Meeting Zach Harris at Thanksgiving makes her wish for a little romance, too.
When Zach moves into the inn, Joy vows to get him into the holiday spirit. They flirt and kiss under the mistletoe, and as they grow closer she feels artistic inspiration again. But when old family hurt comes back like the ghost of Christmas past, Zach can’t shake the certainty that Joy will leave just like his mother did.
Can Joy show Zach the love and magic of Christmas?
Or will he give up on the wish for happiness?
A lady who is as bold as she is beautiful
Runaway attraction…tender affection
And a mystery that could tear them apart
Michael Reed, Viscount Balsam, inherited little but his ancient home in Cornwall when his father passed away a year earlier. He partners with his good friend to train and race horses, intent on remaking his fortune.
Lady Elizabeth, Betsy, Bridgewater is tempted to accept an older gentleman’s proposal, if only to curb what her mother calls her wild streak. When Michael and Betsy meet at the Derby, sparks fly. When they reconnect at Bridgewater Park weeks later, they can’t ignore their attraction or their affection. Despite Betsy’s imminent betrothal and Michael’s troubling finances, neither can imagine life without the other.
Once back at Michael’s Cornwall estate, Betsy begins to look into his family mystery. He doesn’t want her interference, or for her to learn of the unsettling childhood memories that haunt him.
Can Michael accept Betsy’s help to learn the truth?
Or will his reluctance cause an estrangement that can never be mended?